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Postal protests deliver a new box

Oxford Mail: city councillors Ruth Wilkinson and David Rundle with the new postbox city councillors Ruth Wilkinson and David Rundle with the new postbox

HEADINGTON residents found themselves going postal after not knowing where to put their letters for the past few months.

But their wishes have been granted and Royal Mail has given them back their post box.

When it was removed from All Saints Road earlier this year a number of residents wrote to Royal Mail asking for it to be put back.

And now Headington residents can post their letters at the corner of All Saints Road and Barrington Close.

Patrick Coulter, of Highfield Residents’ Association, said: “It is great news to have the post box back.

“It was a real nuisance because the next nearest one is about a quarter of a mile away.

“This is particularly good for the elderly and there are quite a few of them around here.

“It is a good community facility to have and there has been a great response to getting it back.

“It is a small thing but it matters to a lot of people. Royal Mail weren’t going to replace it but it shows that if people get together they can change something.”

Mike Ratcliffe, of Bickerton Road, said: “The idea of a post box is that they come and collect the post from you rather than you having to go into Headington.”

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Headington city councillor Ruth Wilkinson said: “I’m really impressed with Royal Mail, their support was first class. As soon as I told them how much residents missed the postbox, they agreed to replace it. It’s great to see one back again.”

In January, the 19th century Dairy Lodge in All Saints Road was demolished to make way for two three-bedroom houses. But the post box, which dated back to the reign of George VI, was set into the wall.

The new postbox is just over 200ft from the site of the old one, which Royal Mail has offered to give back to the community.

Mr Coulter said: “I am not sure what we will do with it and we will ask people for some ideas.”

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2:40pm Sat 12 May 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Some photos are more suited for radio ;)
Some photos are more suited for radio ;) Dilligaf2010
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2:48pm Sat 12 May 12

SNJ says...

I think the proud parents and the post box all look marvellous. Well done, Ruth and David.

I saw an elderly person from Barrington Close so overcome with delight when she saw it for the first time that she patted it on the head.
I think the proud parents and the post box all look marvellous. Well done, Ruth and David. I saw an elderly person from Barrington Close so overcome with delight when she saw it for the first time that she patted it on the head. SNJ
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3:12pm Sat 12 May 12

SNJ says...

Dairy Lodge is on Headington Hill. It was the old Hathaway's Dairy, latterly Highfield Post Office and then a paint shop, that was demolished.

Post boxes are no longer set into walls, so the smaller ones sit on poles now.
Dairy Lodge is on Headington Hill. It was the old Hathaway's Dairy, latterly Highfield Post Office and then a paint shop, that was demolished. Post boxes are no longer set into walls, so the smaller ones sit on poles now. SNJ
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8:27pm Sat 12 May 12

Christine Hovis says...

And why is Cllr Rundle in the photo? The article isn't clear on his role in this exercise.
And why is Cllr Rundle in the photo? The article isn't clear on his role in this exercise. Christine Hovis
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2:35am Sun 13 May 12

LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG says...

“It was a real nuisance because the next nearest one is about a quarter of a mile away.

So you are saying that 400 metres is too far to walk to post a letter. No wonder so many people are so fat and unfit if that is their attitude.
“It was a real nuisance because the next nearest one is about a quarter of a mile away. So you are saying that 400 metres is too far to walk to post a letter. No wonder so many people are so fat and unfit if that is their attitude. LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG
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9:18am Sun 13 May 12

xjohnx says...

LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
“It was a real nuisance because the next nearest one is about a quarter of a mile away.

So you are saying that 400 metres is too far to walk to post a letter. No wonder so many people are so fat and unfit if that is their attitude.
I hate to agree with you, but I do.
I have never met anybody who could not either walk the distance or find a friend to help them.
[quote][p][bold]LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: “It was a real nuisance because the next nearest one is about a quarter of a mile away. So you are saying that 400 metres is too far to walk to post a letter. No wonder so many people are so fat and unfit if that is their attitude.[/p][/quote]I hate to agree with you, but I do. I have never met anybody who could not either walk the distance or find a friend to help them. xjohnx
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